• Gary Hall was named president and chief executive officer of Great Falls Insurance Co. Hall was most recently a branch vice president for CNA and oversaw the New England Region. 

The following individuals were hired at York County Community College:

Dana Petersen was named manager of facilities and Jane Kimball Foley was hired as coordinator of the Accelerate Me College program.

Bob Lauzon joined the college as an information specialist and technology support worker and Sam Ellis joined the school as a business manager. 

• Joseph A. Balzano joined Cape Memory Care as director of resident health services. Balzano was previously a nursing services director in an accredited brain injury rehabilitation center. He also worked as a liaison for New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Portland. 

• Suzanne Cange joined Evergreen Credit Union as assistant vice president and manager of its branch in South Portland. Cange is responsible for overseeing branch operations and building business and consumer relationships. She has 23 years of experience in corporate and local banking. 

• Christopher Casey was named chief executive officer of Monroe Infrared Technology in Kennebunk. Casey has more than 20 years of experience in maximizing operational efficiency and driving revenue growth. He was previously vice president of MESCA Transport Services. 

• David T. Roberts joined Howell Laboratories Inc. as director of commercial engineering, marine products. Roberts was previously with Bath Iron Works, where he was responsible for hull outfit systems for the Zumwalt destroyers. He has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, design and automation. 

• Tracy St. Pierre joined the University of Southern Maine as a director of marketing and brand management. St. Pierre, of Portland, was formerly with EPS in Cambridge, Mass., a division of School Specialty Inc. 


• Mike Leslie was promoted to general manager of Downeast Energy’s offices in Waterville. Leslie, of Richmond, joined the company six years ago and was most recently general manager of its Lisbon Falls office.

The following individuals were promoted at Custom Disability Solutions, a reinsurer in South Portland:

Katie Small of South Portland was promoted to a senior long-term disability claims examiner. Leann McCarthy of Windham was promoted to a long-term disability claims examiner II. Patricia Meyer of South Portland was promoted to senior quality assurance analyst. 

• Daniel Freeman was promoted to vice president of the Wolfington Group in Augusta. Freeman, of Manchester, joined the firm in 1999 and a team leader who directs and runs marketing events for automobile dealers. 

• Catherine Buffum was promoted to commercial loan officer III at TD Bank in Portland. Buffum, of Saco, has 10 years of banking experience and more than 15 years in real estate sales and management. She joined TD Bank in 2000 as a credit analyst and most recently served as a commercial loan officer II. 

The following faculty members at Bates College were promoted: Francesco Duina, Baltasar Fra-Molinero and Kirk Read were promoted to full professors.

Duina teaches in the sociology department. Fra-Molinero and Read both teach in the department of Romance languages and literature.

Katalin Vecsey was promoted to senior lecturer in the theater department. 


• Burgess Advertising & Marketing was recognized with five bronze awards at the 31st Annual Telly Awards.

The agency received bronze awards for its TV commercial for its client, Mercy Hospital, titled “Mercy Baby Cam.” The agency was also recognized for a Maine breast-cervical health program titled “No Excuses.”

The agency received another award for its work for Efficiency Maine, titled “Efficiency Maine Business” and “Efficiency Maine Garage Sale.” Another award was given for its work with Catholic Charities, titled “Image Campaign.”

The winners represent the best work from advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The competition attracted nearly 11,000 entries. 

• Connie Garber, director of transportation for York County Community Action Corp., received the 2011 Community Transportation Director of the Year Award from the Community Transportation Association of America. Garber joined the agency as transportation director in 1981. During her 30-year tenure, Garber has overseen expansion of its programs that now provide transportation services to residents in all 29 towns and cities in York County. 

• Biovation LLC in Boothbay was awarded the 2011 New England Innovation Award by the Smaller Business Association of New England. Biovation was nominated for the rising star category. 


• Breast Care Specialists of Maine, a department of Mercy Hospital, received a three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. 

• Caroline McAleese Riley was elected to the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Maine. McAleese Riley, of Falmouth, is managing principal of public relations for Garrand, an integrated marketing agency based in Portland.